- Here are 8 winter road trips in Quebec where you can make the most of the cold season with views that melt away come spring.
- With each item on this list you'll find travel time from Montreal as well as links to more information.
- Always be sure to check the latest safety guidelines before venturing out!
The holidays may be over but winter is still in full force. Luckily for us, we live in a province with an abundance of beautiful locations with spectacular views to enjoy all year long. Throughout Quebec are often underappreciated parks and scenes where residents can enjoy their natural surroundings even in the most unforgiving weather. Winter road trips in Quebec are a great way to shake up your dull winter routine.
Instead of spending the next few months complaining about the cold, why not dive in headfirst and enjoy all that Quebec has to offer?
Each of the locations on this list is known for its natural views and beauty — the perfect backdrop for those social media photos we all love so much.
Moreover, each item includes travel time from Montreal as well as relevant links where you can find more information.
At the end of the day, we are Montrealers; we never let the cold get in the way of us having a good time!
Grab a hat, put on a scarf and grab thickest jacket because we are going to explore the following 8 winter wonderlands!
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 41 minutes
Located near Quebec City, this park has more than 80 km of trails to hike, depending on your level.
You can also participate in skiing and snowshoeing throughout the park. But the stunning views are perhaps the park's most impressive feature.
If you are looking for picture-perfect views of nature, look no further because this spot is for you.
Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours and 8 minutes
This park, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, is a great winter road trip destination that will surely impress both you and your social media followers.
The Sépaq website makes particular note of the diverse wildlife at the park, "including black bear, moose, woodland caribou, grey wolf, red fox, porcupine, common loon, lynx, and spruce grouse."
"Keep your eyes open for one of the many inhabitants of the park, from the youngest to the oldest!"
Beloeil / Mont St-Hilaire
Distance from Montreal: 37 minutes
Beloeil may only be 30 minutes from Montreal but the idyllic suburb feels like it's a world away from the metropolis.
Views across the Richelieu River of the double-peaked Mont-St Hilaire are some of the best in the greater metro area.
Grab a hot chocolate at one of the nearby restaurants and sit on the renovated riverside promenade.
Îles de Boucherville National Park
Distance from Montreal: 24 minutes
This national park is located less than 30 minutes from Montreal and is known as a nature lover's paradise.
Throughout the cold of winter, skiers, snowshoers, and hikers flock to this park to take in the glory and beauty that surrounds it.
Get a great workout and take a ton of cool pictures for your Instagram!
Hautes Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie National Park
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours and 39 minutes
Winter road tripping is without a doubt one of my favourite things to do, especially when the destination involves amazing vistas.
In fact, according to the Sépaq website, "the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie are among the highest rock faces East of the Rockies!"
"Steep slopes, beautiful natural surroundings, and the unusual course of Rivière Malbaie make this an exceptional site."
Perhaps most excitingly, visitors can skate right on the river at a designated location in the cradle of the steep slopes that dive into the water.
Gaspésie National Park
Distance from Montreal: 7 hours and 54 minutes
This stunning park on the Gaspé peninsula may be far from Montreal but trust me when I tell you, it is worth the drive.
This location, home to the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains in Canada, immerses visitors in some of the most dramatic natural beauty found in Quebec.
Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes
For those of you looking to take a winter hike, this may be the spot for you.
Hikers are rewarded for their work with close-up views of one of the biggest waterfalls in the province.
Standing at 63 meters high, this sublime waterfall is beautiful in every season.
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 26 minutes
Situated only a few minutes from Quebec City, the Chutes-de-la-Chaudière are a must for any nature lover looking for a winter adventure.
The picturesque suspended footbridge and impressive, frozen waterfall provide guests with some of the most phenomenal views.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.